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In Defense of Hubpages

Updated on November 28, 2012

Best place l´ve found to write... Hubpages

Thank You Hubpages

Having read, occasionally (but still, far too often )of people either leaving hubpages or criticising certain things about it, for allsorts of reasons, l feel compelled to write the complete opposite. i.e. How grateful l am to have found hubpages.!

Where else can you write about any subject you want to , get great feedback from other writers, with no monetary cost to yourself? l´ve looked at many similar sites they pop up all over the net, but every one l´ve seen lately has a fee for joining, unlike hubpages.

There are countless competitions for short stories, poetry, etc, but always a quite substantial entry fee. here on Hubpages we have contests that cost us nothing but our time . What about the Hubmob?? Even the word makes me laugh and makes me feel young again. Look out , blow up the balloons, here comes the Hubmob!

Many writers have left hubpages because they are not earning a small fortune or even enough to cal it earning a living (l am one of the many, whose account goes up in cents, but l put much of that down to my inexperience with computers. l don´t understand ´´links´´. l´m still not any good at understanding keywords but most of all , if our money is earned from people clicking on our adverts. ..... How on earth can you force someone to click on an advert on your page,.? l´m happy they´re at least reading my page)´

Apart from that, l distinctly remember when l joined hubpages being informed clearly that it IS possible to make money from hubpages, but ´Don´t give up the day job!´

It was made perfectly clear that hubpages is not the place for earning a good living, but you can make some extra cash., so did the writers think this information was a joke?. Or are there some arrogant people out there who didn't believe what they were being warned of and thought, they were different and would easily make a fortune?.

l went into this with my eyes open but hoping to make a little cash.

However money or no money , where else can you read such wonderful, serious, consice, information like you will find on the page of James. A. Watkins.? His hubs are jam-packed with information written in a beautiful way, without a lot of the extra drivel that you sometimes have to wade through to get at the information you really want?

Patty Inglish is another great writer, l can only imagine what it would have cost me to read her articles in book form from a store. l´d want every hub on Native Americans, for a start.

l doubt l could afford all the books l´d want to buy from these two writers, without going into all the poets on hubpages. We have seriously good writers here that we can read in the comfort of our own homes and it´s free.!

There are so many Plus signs for hubpages.

l started writing as a child without realising that it would become a passion. l simply got good grades for essays at school, always., and during school holidays if l wasn´t reading , l would often be writing a story for no particular reason. l enjoyed scribbling away and l had one Aunt who enjoyed reading my scribbles , commenting that l had Á vivid imagination´and l should keep writing. l was about 7 or 8 at the time, so it didn´t mean much to me..

When l reached my early teens, it was poetry that became my passion.. reading it and writing my own, l still thought that poetry itself was my passion , not the writing of it.

Being the strange person that l am, l used to hide all my poems in a secret place, so as not to allow anyone to see them.embarrassed.. After all poets, authors, songwriters, all give of themselves when they write,and l hated the thought of my writings exposing the real me. l was such a private person. In fact a very shy teenager, therefore l was terrified of the criticism that may come from anyone who read my work. l would have been crushed........

Getting Slightly Bolder

When l was a bit older l had SOME confidence and so my best friend , then later my husband were allowed to read my work..However hubpages is the first place that l have felt comfortable putting my work into print that anyone can read all over the world.

Thank you hubpages for ´drawing me out´ taking the fear of critisism away . Having a silly made-up name is a big help too. It was a long time before l could bring myself to put a picture of myself on a hub..

Hubpages has a wonderful set-up.. Of course it is the authors themselves that help to make it work, ,but without the platform of hubpages, l definitely would not be writing so much or reading so much from my peers.

To have an encouraging comment from another hubber is a joy that lifts me up and makes me want to write more..

Reading experiences of the lives of other hubbers, often puts my own problems into a little corner, as quite insignificant., in comparison.

l could go on and on about why l think hubpages is a great place for new writers.

Really experienced writers, like Patty Inglish, are not intimidating, quite the opposite.Patty has a very caring attitude to new, nervous writers.. l´ve learned a lot from reading her hubs and she´s answered questions for me, that have helped to spur me on.....

So, if we remember that there are negatives in every aspect of every day life, Why should hubpages be any different.? From where l stand and look at the site, the positives far, far outway the negatives.

It´s everyones´own choice if they want to leave hubpages, but think twice about how good it is for your work to be read , with no publishing fees.

Above all, or Last but certainly not Least......the greatest bonus for belonging to hubpages is the wonderful hubfriends you collect. It would be silly of me to even begin to name names, because l would surely leave someone out.. There are so many who give me a boost on a bad day, by what they write, or if they comment on my writing.

l, for one, am very grateful to hubpages.

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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image
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    Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

    hi there gail641, Very pleased to meet you here on hubpages.

    I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

    I didn't have much experience with computers, either. You can't force anyone to click on ads--that's for sure. I enjoyed your hub, and its very informative. I enjoy reading hubs, also, the ones with pictures and videos thats interesting, and I try to include pictures and videos, too in hubs. It would be hard to make a lot of money, though.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Pleased to meet you on hubpages , Sir. Thank you for reading, commenting , leaving fan mail and becoming a follower of mine. WOW!

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    Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

    hooray , , ,great hub , , ,I think it echos many. Just to have an opportunity to write something longer than a forum comment or chat, well I'm having fun. It fills a void that TV was taking up and this offers so much more.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    hello Tamila, Thank you very much for stopping by my page and commenting.

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    Tamila Roberts 6 years ago from Canada

    Yes, Hubpages is really a enjoyful place to write. That is why, many new people join hubpages regularly.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Mrs.. J.B. May l thank you very much for commenting. l am glad it was not you l sent into a rage., l hardly know you yet., but l shall soon fix that by reading your hubs later today., during my ¨ME¨time.

    Take care.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear firerie, Thank you for stopping by my page. Hubpags can be a great place to write, and there many experienced writers willing to help with any difficulties you have.

    When l started l just gradually knew from reading others´hubs who l would get along with and soon became friend. l wish you all the best.

    Don´t be afraid to press ´publish´. Go for it!!!

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    Thanks to Hubs, I have met wonderful people, talented writers and enjoy all the stories, articles, hubs etc. that I read.

    Yes you did send one your reader's into a rage but that's okay.... LOL

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    firerie 6 years ago from Taos, NM

    I seem to have stumbled upon a meeting of hub-friends and the conversation makes me feel optimistic for my hopes of finding a writing community. (I'm new)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Any length of comment is welcome here, QudsiaP1 !!!!

    Thank you for your input. l don´t understand adsense sometimes. my account was frozen for 3 months last year. l couldn´t get any answers as to why?, But like you, l just kept on writing. Pushing aside all the negatives, there are a lot of lovely, genuine people on hubpages and pleased to have met one of them , you. Thank you very much for your comment.

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    QudsiaP1 6 years ago

    Oh wow, well in comparison to the huge comments you have gotten, mine might look slightly smaller. :)

    Anyway, I really love hubpages, I initially came here to make money but then adsense decided to cancel my account. This happened within the first month I believe. It has been 6 months now and I have been a faithful writer for hubpages. I do not run any ads and I do not make a single cent/penny/dime from writing here but more importantly my soul receives fulfilment and that is precisely why I write.

    I write for me and to a certain extent I have always believed that if you turn your passion into work it becomes mediocre. Any way you have written an excellent hub. Well done.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    L don´t think you have a problem with people reading your hubs.. She shouldn´t have, anyway because your writings are always interesting and often spectacular..

    Glad to have met you here. Thank you for the comment. God bless, Dim x

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    singlmomat52 6 years ago

    Touche' Dim!! I agree with you. I did not join Hubpages to make money, it is an outlet for me to write and express myself. I love the freedom here and I love the hubbers with all their wonderful stories and poems. If no one reads my Hubs I am fine with that too, I am just glad I get to write. Thank you Dim for this Hub!! God bless!

    xxxxxxx

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l´m so pleased that you agree with my observance of the ´good points´on hubpages. Thank you for your interesting comments

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    Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

    Hey Dim, another well said hub. I would have to agree. I found Hubpages just by surfing the web and writing about things I know, without having to pay a fee is one of the most appealing features. I've enjoyed the community of different writers that consist within Hubpages and many of them have helped me to their best ability, which I am and will always be grateful for. I agree Patty Inglish is one of the better writers and such a wonderful Lady.

    Those who come to Hubpages thinking that they are going to earn a fortune in a short period of time, have just simply deluded themselves. The Internet and all of it's gimmicks, have shown people the possibility of earning huge monthly incomes is constantly achieved by many. It's unfortunate that the "myth" of earning a fortune online, is limited to only a select few who have a specific type of knowledge and those who do so(many), would rather not share what is needed to accomplish the task. I've been online since 1994 and also spent years in the MLM industry, working toward building revenue in that aspect, but fail to accomplish the task of finding things that truly work. The "MLM" industry isn't about sharing knowledge, but is about manipulation of people. Hubpages presents people a viable option for earning, as long as you are willing to learn and improve upon what you learn. Thank you for a great hub in defense of Hubpages. :)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you , Eiddwen, It´s not perfect, but neither is anything else in this life. Take care, l am also glad we met .

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    Yes there are obviously pluses and minuses for everything, but for me there are more of the pluses that minuses here on HP.

    Thank for sharing this great hub that I rate up.

    i have not looked back since joining, and as you say we would not have come across each other and for me that is indeed a very gloomy thought.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Oh Micky. l´ve sent you into a rage, haven´t l? It wasn´t meant to be like that. l´ve tried to have my childrens´book published and it always is too expensive for me to layout what the publishers want before they print it. l was just trying to point out the difference for me to be able to see my work and get comments.

    l understand what you´re saying about terrorism and freedom of speech but, Dear Micky without hubpages l would never have met you and that would have been a great loss.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for the comment P. Dickenson.

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Nicely done Dim. I agree with all you've said. I do have problems with the favoritism. I have problems with the censorship of truth versus the political and capitalistic agendas. One political party gets away with murder - no really.

    What happens with the censorship of some information is treason. No less than treason. There should be a "freedom of speech" across the planet.

    I see a hub here on the hubpages that disgusts me, a Vietnam Veteran and I am appalled at the hubpages team to allow it on the hubs. With all the censorship for all the petty reasons I am sickened by this REPEAT of information. The only part of the hub that is not repeat is FALSE. It is biased tripe and I am offended and nauseated about it.

    There is NOT freedom to write about the truth if it interferes with the RIGHT WING AGENDA and THESE hubpages team people are right wing traitors to TRUTH, FREEDOM of SPEECH, the WORLD, GOD and AMERICA particularly.

    The way TRUTH is ATTACKED here is TRAITOROUS. Nothing less. And people here just like the rest of the world sit and watch it. People here watch my hubs TORN DOWN for petty lies and party lines and nothing less than evil.

    If there is a God- then there must be a Satan. Some things are certainly true. I can see Satan clearly here and anyone who does not is aiding and abetting.

    \This world is at war. It is n o more than white people, for the most part, wanting to enslave the rest of the world to the bU$iNe$$ as usual.

    Make no mistake - if Rothschild were black - there would not bv any debate about this nEw wOrLd dI$oRdEr.

    Make no mistake - the hubpages team is pro-white and pro business and pro republican.

    I have no idea if any can hold a conversation.

    My hubs are NOT banned by a computer algorithm.

    These hubs will vary in time it takes to BAN them. It can be a day - until a hub-spy of the right wing calls in a favor, flags it, or tears it up with the rest of Satan's minions while drinking coffee.

    These people are TRAITORS to JUSTICE. These hubpage teamsters are traitors to America. These hubpage terrorists are an arm of the CIA, right wing neo-nazis.

    Make no mistake - the American CIA is BUSINESS OWNED and OPERATED and some are RIGHT HERE. Make no mistake- the American CIA is the most organized secret terrorist ARMY in the world and they will come at anybody with a free mind.

    If a writer wants to put up pictures and poetry and cute stories - WELCOME!

    If a writer writes the truth - THAT WRITER WILL BE SPANKED BY THE HUBPAGE tEaM. THIS SITE IS PRO-RIGHT-WING-CRAZY.

    To squelch "freedom of speech" is TERRORISM.

    The hubpageteam is guilty of nothing less.

    I have great friends like you Dim. I love you.

    BUT- WRITING HERE JUST REMINDS ME THAT THIS WORLD IS NOT READY FOR GOD. TRUTH IS NOT WELCOME HERE ON HUBNPAGES.

    To Micky Dee - these hubpage people are promoting WAR FOR BU$INE$$ A$ U$UAL. This censorship is TERRORISM.

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    A great hub. I enjoyed it and agree with most of what you say. I never signed up to make money but I must admit that I try to. It is not the main aim but it is definitely one of them and my earnings do go up and down. As to "Where else can you write about any subject you want to"... well I daresay you can to a degree though I have had a couple of hubs banned and a few others with disallowed advertising. Nothing wrong with them either, not pornographic but just include words that the hubpage filters disallow. Whatever. I still love HubPages. A great place to write and a great place to read. Thank you for your hub.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Happy you enjoyed the hub. l´d reccommend anyhing that saddlerider writes. He´s a gem-.

    Thanks for rading my page

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    MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

    I enjoyed reading saddlerider1's comment (above) as well! Great Hub you have written!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for stopping by and the comment.

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    MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

    I enjoyed reading your Hub, and it is nice to hear Patty Inglish has helped you out.

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    Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Dim Flaxenwick, no offence taken at all. I will return to your hubs and others regularly. I have always felt at home here on hub pages with the hub page family. Thank you for your kind wishes.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear D:A:L: l hope you didn´t take offence at anything l wrote.

    l´m sure you know the sort of writers. l mean, they always leave nasty remarks and decry hubpages when they´re leaving. l know you ddn´t do that.

    l wish you all the best in your new venture and thank you for reading. Take care.

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    Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Hi, although I have left hub pages as far as writing is concerned I agree with everything you have said and as you can see I am still here to read great articles. I did not come to hub pages to make lots of money and I have not left hoping to find somewhere that I can. I left to concentrate on building up a website that contains no advertising or any other profit making schemes. However because of the dupicating rules that hub pages have introduced, any articles I now write has to be for my own site. Any way I will always be grateful to hub pages and to all who contribute. Best wishes to you.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l´m glad you ar like- minded. It´s a great place to write.

    Thanks very much for the comment.

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    Good Morning Dim,

    You did a wonderful job in explaining the joys of writing on hub pages. I am afraid I am like you and cannot understand the linking process. I don't do this for money anyway. I enjoy it so much and all the friends I have met. Great hub and thank you for writing this.

    Sunnie

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you very much. You´ve just proved my point with that comment. Personally l love your writings.

    Hugs back to you. xx

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    saddlerider1 6 years ago

    Dim let me be the first poet to commend you for writing this fine hub. I am in total agreement with every word, I to never came to Hubpages for the cents even though I am certain there are many making some dollars, but a living from the Hubs I doubt it very much.

    However having said this, I have a great respect for those who are making a living from the Hubs or any other place for that matter. Writing is exciting and the Hubs is a great platform for expressing ourselves and getting feed back via comments left in that particular hub.

    I am in awe of the many talented and creative writers like yourself who lay the ink to pad daily and place them here for us all to read. Where would I be without my daily dose of reading writes at the hubs via interesting and many stimulating writers.

    I am often moved and inspired from others to create what I write. I know my writes won't attract everyone, but for those who do appreciate my poetry I am pleased. Thank you Dim for being a friend and follower of mine, you are a dedicated writer and supporter here at the hubs and I congratulate and courtesy before you. Bravo/Applause for this wonderful hub. Big hugs from me to you.

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